JAPAN / 1999 / Japanese, Korean / Color / 16mm / 52 min

Director: Matsue Tetsuaki
Photography: Matsue Tetsuaki, Mogi Kazuki
Editing: Yoshida Hiraku, Seki Masanori
Music: Okano Samu
Narration: Matsue Masako
Producer: Yamatani Tetsuo, Yoshida Hiraku
Production, Source: Japan Academy of Visual Arts
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Matsue Tetsuaki

Born in Tachikawa City, Tokyo in 1977. Saw Return of the Jedi at age six and was seized by an interest in movies. Since then has been consumed by dubbed foreign films on television. At a career counseling session in his third year of junior high school, he declared that he would become a director. Entered Japan Academy of Visual Arts in 1996. Awakened to documentary upon watching porn documentaries that were kept in the classroom. Annyong Kimchi is his 1998 graduation film. Currently employed part-time as a projectionist at the movie theater Box Higashi Nakano. He is now filming his next work.

The starting point for the director, a student trying to make a thesis film, was recognizing his roots. His Korean grandfather had turned his back on his homeland and led an assimilated life as a Japanese. After he dies, calling his grandson "dumb ass," the director becomes determined to research his life traversing history. A reportage about a Korean-Japanese family, through the eyes of a contemporary third generation filmmaker.

Director's Statement

Though my citizenship is Japanese, I am of Korean descent, a Korean in Japan. But the image of Korea I had in my head was of compulsory police interrogations, wartime "comfort women" and so on, the stuff which I saw on TV and in the newspapers. Because of all that, whenever I thought about myself I somehow felt unsettled. Therefore I chose not to think about Korea. However, when I planned Annyong Kimchi, I decided to stop avoiding the issue and become totally familiar with Koreans in Japan. I didn't know whether my image of Korea would get better or worse, but I decided that despite my misgivings, I'd give it a try. And around me were not "unhappy Koreans in Japan," but easygoing people, doing their best from day to day. Though I hadn't paid much attention until then, these were for me Koreans in Japan.
I really wanted to film such people just as they are.
And it filled me with energy.
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